Legally-India-careers-counsel_by-ScarlethWhite Exclusive: The former Bharucha & Partners senior associate and 2006 NUJS Kolkata graduate is in the process of taking on board three more equity partners to create a national law firm.

Former Bharucha & Partners senior associate Krishnayan Sen has started up a law firm with offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, hoping to grow Verus Advocates into a multi-disciplinary, egalitarian partnership.

Litigation and arbitration lawyer Sen has taken office space in the three cities and is in advanced talks with three other young lawyers to join as partners in three other practice areas, he said.

“The firm will have a common balance sheet, a common partnership, one pool,” explained Sen, adding that he wanted it to be based on ethical principles such as transparency of decision making, management and advice. “Verus will be very forthright.”

“Today I feel there is a dearth of very young law firms,” he noted. “There are people with very credible experience, having worked in law firms and that’s perhaps the reason new law firms mushrooming every other day.”

He said that the new partners’ experience levels would be comparable to his own and they would specialise in transactional areas other than disputes and arbitration, which he would be heading.

Following Sen’s graduation from NUJS Kolkata in 2006 and a stint at the Supreme Court chambers of India’s former solicitor general VR Reddy, Sen returned to Kolkata following his father’s untimely demise and took up the task of running his family’s historic Kolkata law firm of almost 30 lawyers, Udayan Sen & Co, for almost two years.

In 2009 he took what he said was a difficult decision to close the firm. While the practice had seen some hard-fought success with him at the helm attempting to follow in his father’s footsteps and many lawyers had stayed on, Sen explained that he needed to gain experience in a professionally-run transactional firm with global clients and because he believed that a small family or proprietorship set-up could not be sustainable in the long term.

In 2009 Sen joined Bharucha & Partners as an associate in arbitration where he was promoted to senior associate in April 2010. He left in the second half of that year to start the new firm Verus, which began operating last week.

Verus currently consists of Sen across all three offices and two associates each in Delhi and Mumbai. The Kolkata office space is that of the erstwhile family firm but he said it would not be growing rapidly and would mainly be used by himself to service his existing Kolkata clients, with four instructions currently ongoing there.

Sen has also taken office space in Mumbai’s Fort/Kala Ghoda area and in Delhi’s Phase 1 area between the High and Supreme Court.

He enthused that within five years he would like Verus to be a firm of choice for clients “with a very strong partnership”, where profits would come second to the quality of advice and respect from industry and peers.

Bharucha & Partners senior partner MP Bharucha said he was very fond of Sen and “delighted” about his initiative.

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Like +1 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 01:18
You are a rockstar, Krish.
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Like +1 Object -2 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 01:34
Ils sont fous ces 'noojies' :-)

Congrats krishnayan da !
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Like +1 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 01:35
way to go Krishnayan...all the best...
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Like +1 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 01:42
very very very very proud of u!!!! loads and loads of best wishes!!!
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Like +1 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 02:06
best of luck krishnayan da!!!!
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 03:07
Congratulations Krishnayan... all the very best
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 03:22
Verus way to go
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 03:29
Good luck! You have got some balls. I am sure it will pay off in the future.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 03:44
Congrats buddy - all the very best... am confident you will do wonderfully well, and very very proud of you.
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 03:49
Nice name! Like the meaning. Its 'truth' in Latin.
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 04:33
Congratulations and all the very best. Keep the flag flying.
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Like +1 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 04:46
Someone give me a job/
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 05:24
all the best.....
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 05:32
Congrats buddy.being very close to u and knowing everything u have got thru I wish u all the very best.Keep it coming and make it big like never before.Now I know......behind every successful man is a woman(Wife)
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 05:35
Krish is a brilliant lawyer with great people skills. Wish him all success.
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 06:03
Very inspiring..having known him for years, I know he would have been an excellent counsel. He is a true lawyer; so not sure if he would want to spend time on the management aspects of a firm. Huge loss for Bharuchas.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 06:27
Nice to have known that the young generation is coming out of established law firms and starting on own. Hope the trend continues. Its time now that old ppl enjoi the retired life give a way to young blood...in law ,professions and politics
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 06:35
So happy for your Krish.. Way to go...Good Luck
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 06:39
From my brief interaction with Krish (whilst I was at BnP), I know for a fact that not only is Krish an outstanding lawyer, he is also an awesome person who was loved and adored by all. He was always helpful to all who sought his help, irrespective of how tied up he was. Going by his popularity (and wisdom) I would not be surprised if some of his BnP collegues join him in due course...... All the best Krish!!!!! Am sure you are goin to attain great success.....
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 06:58
Awesome, dude! Truth shall prevail... And so shall Krishnayan!
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 17 Feb 11, 21:34
All the best krishnayan!
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 18 Feb 11, 00:46
Hi Krishnayan

Wish you all the very best.

Joy
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 18 Feb 11, 19:38
Happy to note. All the very best in the years to come and always.

Regards
Vinay
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Like +1 Object -1 Anonymous guest 20 Feb 11, 08:35
All the best to Kris !! He is the greatest lawyer in india - even the Falis and solis are nobody next to him. his understanding of contitutional law is better than setalvad and i have seen him argue in more thn 3 dozen moot courts - itz as if hes grilling da judges. i am sure he will get appointment to cal HC in two years as his skill n analysis is better than all justices of all high courts in india and uk. Congrayts!! And may god bless for being such outstanding businessmand and entrepeneur.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 21 Feb 11, 02:04
I can only imagine a judge peering through his glasses, going, "Versus who? How can a lawyer be versus his own client? Ha ha ha. Oh, it is Verus? I see. What is Verus?!"
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 21 Feb 11, 06:27
is the name of the firm verus or versus ?
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 21 Feb 11, 23:23
Was wondering why hasn't someone made a negative / sarcastic comment and what happended to the freedom of speech, right to be disparaging, etc. 24 and 25 - Many thanks for filling the gap.

As for the name, people will never mistake it as 'Versus' if Verus does well. Till then, Krishnayan will probably need to explain the meaning - par for the course.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 22 Feb 11, 00:11
Does anyone have the delhi address of this firm?
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 22 Feb 11, 03:38
The Delhi office address is:

C-26, Lower Ground Floor
Lajpat Nagar
Phase 1
New Delhi – 110024
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Like +1 Object -0 Anonymous guest 22 Feb 11, 06:34
Lajpat nagar is not a legal area. It is full of marwari and bihari businessmen. i hope krishnayen da will find a better place to set up his office once he does well
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 22 Feb 11, 09:33
Many congratulations!
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Like +1 Object -0 Anonymous guest 22 Feb 11, 10:55
Kian, I strongly feel something like what #24 says should not be published... its tough enough going out on your own without the kind of nonsense that was spewed (no doubt while #24 was trudging through the latest due diligence he/she has been assigned to)... if his English was a little correct I would even have harboured the suspicion that he is a lawyer... in any event people like these deserve to be in rediff... not legally india
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 23 Feb 11, 23:03
Thanks for the office address Kian, but I guess I forgot to ask for contact nos if any.

Thanks again.
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Like +1 Object -0 Anonymous guest 24 Feb 11, 05:03
Totally agree with #32! #24 you are going totally defying any palpable logic wassup dude? Better than Fali and Soli ..... dude what were you thinking?
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 27 Feb 11, 07:35
Congratulations krishnayan....extremely proud of you !!! Your understanding of the law was always outstanding and your passion for the subject unmatched...you always had it in you to make it really big !!!

I wish you all the very very best for your new venture !!!
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 01 Mar 11, 04:45
Congratulations Krishnayan!! Very happy for you :-) Krishnayan is one of the best seniors anyone can work with.
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 05 Mar 11, 09:58
Woo hooo krishnayan !!! this is amazing !!! wish you all da very very best !!!! u r destined to make it really big !!!
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 24 Mar 11, 05:20
Gosh! whats all the hoopla about him being better than fali and soli.......... ridiculous..... let the guy breathe pls... early comparisons (especiallly ridiculous ones as the ones made above) are competely unncessary.
And Kian who are the other partners of the firm? or has he just got together the erstwhile uddyaan sen and co
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Like +0 Object -0 Anon 09 Sep 12, 12:56
He is a great lawyer - a truly great lawyer. One of the greatest ever.
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